Mastectomy Tattoo

My Four-Year Cancerversary

This October, I celebrated my 4-year cancerversary. October 1st was the day I found out I had stage 2B invasive ductal carcinoma. As Nancy Clancy would say in the chapter books my daughter and I read together, that’s a fancy way of saying cancer. That same month in 2013, my wonderful surgical oncologist rid my body of cancer with a double mastectomy. So, I celebrate. Because I am here, I am alive, and I am doing things.

I marked the occasion by completing my decorative mastectomy tattoo, done by the amazingly talented Miranda Brouwer of Wealthy Street Tattoo! It takes up half my body and it is GORGEOUS. It is being featured along with an article I wrote in Inked Magazine! My friend and favorite photographer, Tyler Steimle of Ghost Code Studios spent some time capturing these intimate details in tasteful and flattering portraiture.

And then I put some clothes on and we took some fun and sassy photos in my trademark pinup-style look and favorite red heels!

Thank you, Miranda and Tyler! I am so grateful to have you creative, caring beings on my path to healing.